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NOS Assistant Administrator Weekly Newsletter

May 23, 2013



Holly Bamford

On behalf of the men and women of the National Ocean Service, heartfelt sympathy to all who were affected by the devastating tornado this week in Oklahoma. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the individuals, families, and communities who are facing loss and a long rebuilding process.

Hi everyone,

Americans who trace their ancestry to Asia and the Pacific Islands have contributed much to our country. This month, we celebrate the talents and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. As President Obama noted in his proclamation designating May 2013 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, "Their story is the American story, and this month, we honor them all."

Asian Americans are Americans of Asian descent having origins in any of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent, including Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese. Pacific Islanders are people having origins in Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first people from Japan to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. The 2013 national theme is "Building Leadership: Embrace the Cultural Values and Inclusion."

Our country is richer because of the diversity of our people. As we face tomorrow's challenges here at NOS, it is critical that we have a wide range of perspectives to inform our decisions.

Thank you,

Holly A. Bamford, Ph.D.
Assistant Administrator
National Ocean Service

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Around NOS

Journal Article Summarizes the Importance of No-Build Laws in Coastal Areas (OCRM)

The May 2013 edition of The Coastal Management Journal, a special issue titled Forty Years of the Coastal Zone Management Act: Impacts and Innovations, features the NOAA article "Coastal Zone Management: Using No-Build Areas to Protect the Shorefront." The article explores the importance of protecting the natural functions of shorefronts and summarizes how coastal states and territories use no-build areas and related laws and regulations to achieve this protection. Based on a 2012 NOAA study about the states' management of ocean and Great Lakes shorefront development, the article also provides case studies and recommendations for updating or developing shorefront no-build laws that can help reduce the risk of coastal hazards such as sea level rise and severe storms. For more information, contact Christa Rabenold.

New Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System in Charleston, South Carolina (CO-OPS)

Data are now available online from a new Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS®) in Charleston, S.C. The Charleston Harbor PORTS® includes bridge clearance measurements (i.e., air gap), as well as water level and meteorological information from a long-term tide station, which is part of the National Water Level Observation Network. Working in collaboration with the South Carolina State Ports Authority, the Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services installed a new air gap sensor on the Don Holt Bridge to enhance navigation safety and continue business development at the Port of Charleston. The Port of Charleston is one of the largest ports in the U.S. and ranks as the nation's eighth largest seaport terminal in terms of dollar value of shipments. For more information, contact Richard Bourgerie.

Sharing Best Practices on Precise Geodetic Techniques with International Community (NGS)

On May 21-22, the National Geodetic Survey represented the United States, playing an integral role at the International Earth Rotation and Reference System Service's (IERS) Workshop in France. NGS shared best practices to enhance future realizations of the International Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF). The ITRF is the definitive international coordinate system for earth science, positioning, and geo-referencing applications. Scientists use the ITRF to look at small movements in the earth, when, for example, studying changes in sea level, tectonic motion, subsidence, and ground motions following an earthquake. For more information, contact Kendall Fancher.  

Tutorial Available for the Sanctuary Ecologically Significant Areas Interactive Map (ONMS)

A tutorial for the Sanctuary Ecologically Significant Areas (SESA) Interactive Map is now available. SESAs encompass remarkable, representative, and/or sensitive marine habitats, communities, and ecological processes. Currently, the SESA process is focused on benthic habitats (sea floor). The purpose of this map is to provide interested constituents, colleagues, and staff access to the GIS layers that the SESA team used in the establishment and refinement of the 16 SESA boundaries. The tutorial summarizes the map's functionality, including how to turn on and off more than 30 layers; pan and zoom to bookmarks; click layers to access tabular information in a pop-up window; enter latitude and longitude coordinates to the map; draw lines, polygons, and text on the map; dynamically chart SESA statistics; and print. For more information, contact Chad King.

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